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Subject: The year they cancelled STAR TREK
Not their best year. I actually remember watching this preview. Except for Bill Cosby, I don't really remember watching any of these shows.
Subject: The Original McSteamy (NBC Upfront '69, Pt. 1)
A few observations:
The scene with the doctor in scrubs confronting the naked colleague in the steam room would be, well, inappropriate at every other time except decadent 1969, the year of Altamont. Paging Dr. Polansky, Dr. Roman Polansky. You have an emergency at home.
My World & Welcome to It, I remember watching. Wasnt a bad homage to Thurber, the Harvey Pekar of his day. Except he could draw. The show somehow got the "real" Thurber and the fictional Mitty confused tho. Unless that was the point, duh.
The up-yours attitude of all the black people depicted supports the hypothesis that Mike Steele watched this reel at some point. Take that, you white man you!
And so. Apparently Garagiola had the standard 2-beer clause in his contract, judging by his evocative ramblings about uniforms and starting a new "season." It's like a Fred Willard riff, genius sh-t.
Anyway. About to watch the rest. Will post a Part Two.
Subject: Responding to 'oddly similar'
Now they have come up with "Los Angeles Law & Order." The 1963 show Arrest & Trial is the original Los Angeles Law & Order! Rip offs continue over at CBS with the all new Hawaii 50 and a show titled "The Defenders". Commercial broadcast television truly is a vast wasteland.
Subject: oddly similar
Is it just me or does"The Bold Ones" seem just like Law and Order mashed with ER. My God NBC's been doing the same thing for 40 years. Though it seems that it took them till the 90's to get it right.Thanks for uploading this. It's historical and camp value is right up there.
Subject: Also nice to see again
Nice to see some snippets of these again. However
I remember some of them didn't quite live up to the promise. "Then Came Bronson" never quite matched the promise of the pilot. "My World" wasn't that good. "The Bold Ones" was kinda spotty. Andy Williams was consistently good. Debbie Reynolds wasn't that good. Cosby was usually good. It took a while but I gradually came to like "Bracken's World." I did feel sorry for Hugh Downs trying to play up these shows. NBC at the time had some power shows in its line up. "Laugh-In" was one of these. In another year or two the mystery movie would begin to hold up the network.
Philosopher Jay -
Subject: NIce to See These Shows Again
With exception of "The Debbie Reynolds Show" which seemed like an "I Love Lucy" throwback, all of these shows were sophisticated and innovative. "Then Came Bronson" "The Bill Cosby Show," and "My World and Welcome to It" were very quiet and sweet with marvelous acting (Michel Parks, Bill Cosby, and William Windom)and writing. "Bracken's World" was a lot of fun. Sadly,all these shows only lasted one season, with the exception of Cosby, which lasted only two. It seems that the executives at NBC were slightly more sophisticated than the American people generally.